paris autumn winter 07 08

by Timothy Hagy | photographed by Yannis Vlamos

March 3, 2007 - The Hermès show on Saturday morning less resembled a Harley convention, than a leather theme party for well-heeled socialites. Jean Paul Gaultier's collection was itself a dichotomy, the pseudo-biker references present in a series of dungarees and capes stitched of lambskin, crocodile, python and reptilian skin (of indeterminate origin), raced against tweed suits, finest cashmere, and velour—fare normally associated with those who prefer to display their wealth discretely.

This was by no means the only contrasting statement to be made. Iconic 60s sex symbol, Brigitte Bardot, sat front row, taking a break from her crusade on behalf of animal rights, to enjoy the procession of mink and chinchilla pelts that passed in front of her.

Somehow it all worked, from a stylistic perspective. Gaultier is of course a master at putting contrasting ideas together into one cohesive statement. His long, trailing overcoats and sleek bomber jackets gave this Herms collection the pizzaz it needed. Elsewhere, the evening pieces of gossamer tulle and scintillating lurex may give the House's clients reason to step from behind the walls of their compounds and jump into the limelight.


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